Game of Chains

Immediately after being released yesterday, the new episode of Game of Thrones was besieged with an odd charge: being “too feminist”. Specifically, the makers of the series (the hallowed Benioff & Weiss) were criticized for making an episode that, according to many, was “tailored to please feminists”. Translation: We saw a bunch of female characters…

Let It Rip.

All hail ye, Free Speech! Or rather, that speech which I agree with/can mildly tolerate/which doesn’t hurt my sentiments. Much has been written this week on free speech and its importance in promoting dialogue, on the value of protecting such speech. And yet, while the world is focused on what has been happening on the…

Music Review: Halsey

Powerful. Wonderful. Stuck in my head. Can’t stop listening. All of these phrases have been used to describe Halsey, mostly by yours truly, who spent a fair amount of her summer break listening to her songs on repeat. The twenty-one year old artist, who released her debut EP (‘Room 93’) last year, invokes strong feeling…

My Name Is Not Khan

Let’s get this out of the way first: I am not Muslim. I do not hold Muslim religious beliefs. The sole reason why I visit a dargah (about once a decade, at that) is to get my hands on that sweet, sweet sugary thing that they distribute like it’s confetti.  I learnt the difference between…

Change We Can Believe In

by Veda Handa and Kainaz Tanveer   Change is inevitable. Change is constant. Change is great! And we at NLU Delhi take change very seriously. Quite seriously. And that is precisely why the IMS organisers decided to give IMS 2015 a complete makeover. Many makeovers. Too many makeovers. So here’s a quick look at the…

PLPDG Lecture Series: Siddharth Varadarajan

The Public Law and Policy Discussion Group on Monday hosted Siddharth Varadarajan, eminent journalist and founder of the Wire, to speak on the topic “New Age Media: Journalistic Freedom on the Internet”. Mr. Varadarajan began the talk by announcing that he would be expounding on his view on the current state of journalism in India.…

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? A collection of myriad syllables that your parents thought sounded pretty strung together. In the Indian context, probably something with a hifalutin, deep meaning behind it, something that’s meant to dictate the way your life turns out. “Honourable” or “God’s gift” or something else sanctimonious and preachy. What’s in a name?…